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San Diego Brass-A-Palooza – September 17 & 18

Don’t miss the 1st annual San Diego Brass-A-Palooza brought to you by Bob Reeves Brass and The HornTrader! We are celebrating our first in-person event in over a year and the grand reopening of HornTrader World Headquarters by going all out.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Free Jazz Harmony Masterclass with Howie Shear
  • Charley Davis meet & greet
  • Pizza & beverages with Bob Reeves Brass & the HornTrader 
  • Bob Reeves Valve Alignments 
  • 300+ mouthpieces for purchase with Brass-A-Palooza special prices
  • C. Davis trumpets & mutes for purchase
  • Van Laar trumpets & flugelhorns
  • HornTrader specials on new and used instruments
  • Awesome selection of mutes and other accessories

 

Friday, September 17th – 6pm

Enjoy free pizza and beverages while learning about Jazz Harmony from Dr. Howie Shear. The masterclass starts at 6pm on Friday and will be held at the pizza parlor next-door to HornTrader World HQ. Afterwards, hang with The HornTrader himself, Steve Dillard, and our own John Snell. You’ll be able to get a sneak preview of the mouthpieces and horns available!

About Howie Shear

Howie Shear received a Bachelors in Education from Fredonia State University in 1975 and a Masters in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music in 1977. He studied with James F. Burke and Raymond Crisara. Howie toured with the Woody Herman Band as lead trumpet player & featured soloist in 1980. After the tour he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a studio musician and soloist. Among the extensive list of artists he has worked with are: The Chuck Mangione Orchestra, Tony Bennett, George Benson, Mel Torme, Reno Jones, The Temptations, and The Spinners. He was the musical arranger and lead trumpet player on the Joan Rivers Late Night Show. Howie has also played various shows at the Ahmanson Theater and many jazz festivals around the world where he has held trumpet clinics. Arranger and producer of various jazz albums, Howie currently has his own jazz quartet. His classical work includes playing with brass quintets and choirs, solo church work, and solo work in the studios.

He received his Doctorate in Music from the University of Southern California in 2002.

Saturday, September 18th – 10am to 6pm

You’ll want to arrive early for the main day of Brass-A-Palooza! There will be all kinds of special deals on new and used instruments, mouthpieces, and accessories.

You can get your valve alignment measured by Bob Reeves Brass at no cost, and if you decide to do the alignment it can be done on site while you wait!

We will have over 300 Bob Reeves Brass mouthpieces available for purchase at special Brass-A-Palooza pricing, including our trumpet mouthpieces, Classical Series, Dynamic Mass, C2J, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, and Purviance mouthpieces.

Charley Davis will be on hand with his popular line of Bb trumpets and as well as a great selection of his harmon and straight mutes all available for purchase. 

We will have a nice selection of new Van Laar Bb trumpets & flugelhorns available for purchase.

Location: HornTrader World HQ, 4085 Pacific Highway, #105A, San Diego, CA 92110

INTRODUCING The Dan Rosenboom Signature Model Trumpet Mouthpiece

The Boom Trumpet Mouthpiece

We are excited to announce the Dan Rosenboom Signature Model trumpet mouthpiece. The “Boom” trumpet mouthpiece combines the artistry of Dan Rosenboom with the acoustical design and manufacturing of Bob Reeves Brass. After months of design, testing, and revisions, we have created a mouthpiece that responds so quickly, you forget it is there.

“With the Boom mouthpiece, the Bob Reeves team has achieved a fantastic blend of warmth, clarity, flexibility, precision, and versatility. The modern trumpet player is expected to move seamlessly through a variety of styles and contexts, and this mouthpiece offers a huge range of sonic possibilities with very efficient and consistent response. I think we’ve arrived at a design that gives a player maximum creative flexibility and is a joy to play!”

Dan Rosenboom

BOOM TRUMPET MOUTHPIECE SPECIFICATIONS

RIM

The BOOM trumpet mouthpiece is available with any of the Bob Reeves Brass rims. Dan’s personal mouthpiece is made using our Classical Series 6C rim.

Cup

The Boom mouthpiece features a medium-deep, conical shaped cup with a modified entrance to the throat.

Backbore

The backbore is newly designed to maximize response, articulation, flexibility and warmth in the tone. It is well-balanced in all registers creating an even response and quick articulation.

Other options

Dan’s personal mouthpiece is converted for sleeves with a #4.5 sleeve, however, it may be ordered with either a standard solid shank or converted for sleeves.

ABOUT DAN ROSENBOOM

Dan Rosenboom is an internationally recognized trumpet player, composer, and producer. He is known as a prolific member of the Los Angeles creative music scene, having released more than 25 albums of original music as a solo artist and bandleader and has supported over 60 artists across nearly 90 releases on his label, Orenda Records. Rosenboom frequently performs in Hollywood Studios for major film and television soundtracks, highlighted by the latest Star Wars trilogy, with such notable composers as John Williams, Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri, and Alexandre Desplat. He has also performed often with such elite ensembles as the LA Philharmonic, the LA Chamber Orchestra, and the LA Opera. His own music eschews genre distinctions and draws from such disparate influences as jazz and Black American Music, metal and experimental rock, contemporary classical music, folk music from around the globe, and a broad range of progressive music from the avant-garde. He studied at the Eastman School of Music, CalArts, and UCLA, where he earned advanced degrees in music. The Los Angeles Times has called Dan Rosenboom “a musician dedicated to exploration and expression, regardless of anyone’s imagined boundaries,” and “a phenomenon.”

As a composer, Rosenboom has been recognized with grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, the Meet the Composer Foundation, and the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music. As a bandleader, he has brought his music to such renowned stages as the Monterey Jazz Festival, Angel City Jazz Festival, Jazzfestival Saalfelden and Jazz em Agosto. Working closely with LA icon Vinny Golia, and with his own Balkan jazz-rock group PLOTZ!, and improv band DR. MiNT, as well as many other projects, Rosenboom has solidified his place as a pillar in LA’s music community.

Rosenboom’s iconoclastic protest band Burning Ghosts has drawn international attention for their rousing blend of experimental jazz, punk, and metal as response to modern socio-political ills. To date they have released four albums, including one on John Zorn’s legendary Tzadik label, and have toured in the US and Europe. In a review of their self-titled debut, Something Else Reviews dubbed them “the Rage Against the Machine of jazz.”

Rosenboom is an advocate for progressive music education. He currently teaches at UCLA and Pasadena City College, and his own pedagogy book, The Boom Method: Universal Fundamentals for Trumpet and Other Instruments, Vol. 1, was published by Balqhuidder Music in 2019. His writing has also been published in John Zorn’s Arcana IX: Musicians on Music on Tzadik.

Carrol Purviance Mouthpiece Story

I received this email the other day and thought I would share. I worked with Carroll Purviance for the last 8 years of his life and this story shows how, despite his personal conflicts, he was a master craftsman and respected by the best players worldwide. I am proud to be able to make his mouthpieces using his original tooling and also integrate his ideas into my own line of pieces.
– Bob Reeves
“Dear Bob,
I happen to be surfin’ the net the other day, and came across your web-site. Having been once a student of trumpet years ago and my best friend’s Dad was a highly respected trumpet player in the Warner Bros. orchestra from the late fifties to early sixties..(Larry Sullivan), thought I would relay this message:
We, as 12 year old boys, would often accompany Larry on brief  trips to the studio in Hollywood or Glendale to have mouth pieces made. I have memories of Carroll Purviance, hunched over his lathe, maybe slightly intoxicated and weeping, talking to Larry about his life. Later, Larry would always compliment us for not laughing or acting up on the way home. He always made it clear though, that Mr. Purviance was the absolute master at what he does, no matter what his state of mind. Nice to know that his name still lingers and represents this.”